Let the Music Play
Lake Geneva Welcomes New Performance Pavilion in Flat Iron Park
When you're on a mission to beautify Lake Geneva, a simple concrete slab resting in one of the city's lakeside parks tends to push your make-it-better button.
"On the northeast corner of Flat Iron Park, there was this irregularly shaped concrete slab on which bands would play," recalls Grace Eckland, president of Lake Geneva's 12-member Beautification Committee, a private nonprofit group for enhancing public spaces. "We thought, wouldn't it be lovely to have something that could become another Lake Geneva icon -- a true performance pavilion for concerts, weddings, and community events."
No longer just a dream, the Brunk Performance Pavilion, named for the structure's primary benefactors, Ulla and Bertil Brunk, debuts Memorial Day weekend, will be dedicated officially June 20, and hosts its first performance June 25.
"We could not have built the Pavilion without the Brunks' generous $150,000 contribution," states Eckland. "Accomplished singers themselves, the Brunks have always loved the arts and are always very supportive of the community. The opportunity to bring a first-class venue for the performing arts into the area was most attractive to them." Many others have -and still are - supporting the structure through the purchase of commemorative bricks for the pavilion skirt as well as other more significant sponsorships.
Fully paid for by private funding, the $450,000, open-air pavilion echoes the Mediterranean spirit of the city's historic Riviera, built in the 1930s. "We used the same style, materials and colors as the Riviera - from the terra cotta color roof tiles, dark red and cream brick and almond-painted trim," notes architect Ken Etten of McCormack + Etten, which collaborated with the committee on the design. "We felt it was appropriate to carry this style through on all lakefront structures, just as we had done with the Lake Geneva Beach House and west end Library Park restrooms."
Measuring 46' wide by 35' deep, the elegant eight-sided pavilion is crowned with a stained-glass cupola, which shines 24 hours a day, beckoning travelers to stop, relax and enjoy Lake Geneva. "The more beautiful we make our city, the more we attract tourists - and the more features there are for local people to appreciate," notes Eckland. In addition to artistically gracing the city's lakefront, the pavilion will attract an array of musical performers for the public's listening pleasure as well as create revenue when rented for weddings and other private functions. In order to secure the Brunk Pavilion, you must rent Flat Iron Park through Lake Geneva's City Hall (262-248-3673) and complete an Event Permit Application, accessible online at: http://goo.gl/AZAffy.
To be a permanent part of the pavilion, consider purchasing a tax-deductible commemorative brick, starting at $100, or receiving recognition on an adjacent monument, starting at $5,000. Contribution forms are available at www.lakegenevawi.com and at Lake Geneva City Hall or by contacting Grace Eckland at (262) 949-2722.
Says Eckland, "Once we receive 100% funding, we can move on to the next project."
Let the dreaming begin!
MUSIC IN THE PARK 2015 SCHEDULE
June 25, 2015
The Volunteers --United States Army's premier tour show band featuring popular American music, including rock ‘n' roll, country, patriotic, and jazz.
July 2, 2015
Eric Diamond -- Wisconsin's top Neil Diamond Tribute Artist for over 12 years who also features many other artists' hits from the 1970s.
July 9, 2015
Kal Bergendahl Project -- A smooth, soulful jazz band that mixes in edgy funk.
July 16, 2015
Bobby Way and the Wayouts -- Performers of contemporary rock with more than 800 songs to their repertoire.
July 23, 2015
Mark, Gretch & Jo - Boasting a vast selection of 30's and 40's torch, swing & big band as well as 50's & 60's bop, rockabilly and Motown greats.
July 30, 2015
Goeff Landon and Wolfpack -A Wisconsin contemporary country music institution that covers inspirational ballads and boot-stomping favorites.
August 6, 2015
August 13, 2015
The Mr. Myers Band -- Introducing "Caribbean Rock" - a mixture of reggae, calypso, Jimmy Buffett, and their own originals performed with colorful steel drums, powerful percussion and strong vocals.
August 27, 2015
Lake Geneva House of Music - Presenting advanced music students (ages 13-17) performing popular American and British rock hits of the past and present.